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Don't Miss the Climate Change Exhibition and Public Lecture at the Origins Centre at Wits

Climate Change: Briefings from Southern AfricaThe Origins Centre at Wits University is holding an exhibition exploring Climate Change: Briefings from Southern Africa by Mary Scholes, Mike Lucas and Robert Scholes.

The exhibition will a highly interactive and family friendly experience. It will run from Thursday, 3 December 2015, with a public lecture on Tuesday, 2 February 2016.

Normal entrance fees for the Origins Centre are R50 for temporary exhibitions. Visit the site to find out about special rates and deals for children, seniors and groups.

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Seline and Leandri van der Wat Share Recipes, Anecdotes and Words of Wisdom at the Launch of TWO

Seline and Leandri van der Wat

Seline and Leandri van der Wat with Sarah GrahamTWOWhen it comes to Seline and Leandri van der Wat’s new cookbook TWO, the proof is in the pudding (especially in the Coconut, Earl Grey Crème with Coconut Cubes and Shortbread).

The 2013 MasterChef SA stars (Leandri was the season two runner up and Seline took third place overall) shared their story with another esteemed food writer, Sarah Graham (author of Home, Smitten and Bitten), at a festive launch at Love Books and The Service Station in Melville.

“There are lots of adjectives for this book,” Graham said in her introduction. “It’s jotted with beautiful pictures that tell a story.” The concept of TWO is simple: They’ve taken one hero ingredient and used it in two ways; the one dish is simple, the other more complex.

The sisters (they are not twins, this has been established) have always found their way back to food. Seline is a trained engineer and Leandri has a Master’s degree in Chemistry, and from a young age they’ve loved spending time in the kitchen.

Leandri told the story of how they ended up on MasterChef. “Seline said to me, ‘Let’s go on MasterChef, you owe me a favour. We won’t get in anyway but we’ll get some free things from Woolworths!’ We didn’t get free things but we got in.”

“You got R100 000,” Seline piped up.

For their qualifying dishes Seline prepared Cheesecake with Mousse and Berries and Leandri made a Thai-style Beef Salad. “She was really trying not to get in,” Seline joked.

Here they are two years later, celebrating the launch of their brand new cookbook. “It was one of those dreams we didn’t realise we had. We used to collect cookbooks and photocopy recipes as kids,” Leandri said, adding hastily, “Don’t do that to TWO!”

Seline was lured into joining MasterChef after seeing that the Australian winners received a cookbook deal. “It was always my dream to have a cookbook; it’s awesome to be able to put your food story on a page.”

Seline’s pro-tip for staying trim: Give your body what it needs even if it’s pudding.

“Who’s been the most influential person in your food story?” Graham asked. Seline instantly thanked their mom. “When we were kids our food was awful; we thought we were really good. She always built us up and encouraged us. I owe my spirit of adventure and discovery to her.”

“Our mom couldn’t cook – that’s probably why she encouraged us to cook,” Leandri added. She was inspired by their aunt, who “always had treats in the fridge”.

Another childhood sensory memory that made it into the cookbook is their Oupa’s Apricot Snoek, which was served at the launch. The dish was inspired by many trips down to Somerset West to visit their grandfather.

Where do they see themselves in five years? Seline’s long-term goal is to open a dessert bar. “I want to create a place where desserts are fun and there’s no Malva Pudding in sight.” Leandri, who’s working full-time as a chemist in product development, said she’d like to use her chemistry experience in food. “The flavour industry is where I’m headed.”

Leandri’s pro-tip: If you’re anxious in the kitchen, have some whiskey.

After the discussion everyone sat down at The Service Station for a wholesome healthy meal: The starter was a Pea and Fennel Soup with Lemon and Goats Cheese and the main meal was a buffet consisting of the aforementioned Apricot Snoek, Portuguese Roast Chicken, Ribeye Steak and Olive Broccoli, Polenta Crisps, Leaf Salad and Grilled Baby Leeks.

The dessert was the cherry on top: Melktert Spring Rolls with Hibiscus Dip, Whiskey Tarte Tatin with Whipped Cream and, the reason why this book should be on everyone’s Christmas wishlist, Earl Grey Crème with Coconut Cubes and Shortbread.


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Kom vier die bekendstelling van Gelukkige slawe deur Tom Lanoye, vertaal deur Daniel Hugo, in Pretoria

Uitnodiging na die bekendstelling van Gelukkige slawe

Gelukkige slaweDie Algemene Afvaardiging van die Vlaamse Regering en Protea Boekhuis nooi jou graag na die bekendstelling van Gelukkige slawe deur Tom Lanoye, vertaal deur Daniel Hugo.

Kom gesels met die bekroonde Vlaamse skrywer oor sy gewilde roman op Donderdag, 3 Desember by Protea Boekwinkel Hatfield. Die geleentheid begin om 18:00 vir 18:30.

Gelukkige slawe speel af in Buenos Aires en Suid-Afrika en vertel die verhaal van twee Belgiese mans met presies dieselfde naam en van, Tony Hanssen, wat hulleself op ’n keerpunt bevind.

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Join Catherine Speedie for the Launch of The Banting Baker at the Wellness Warehouse on Kloof

Invitation to the launch of The Banting Baker

The Banting BakerThe Wellness Warehouse and Jacana Media would like to invite you to the launch of The Banting Baker by Catherine Speedie.

Sweet treats and baked goods are deeply associated with comfort, time out and good times, rewarding us after a day’s hard work. The good news is that we don’t have to deny ourselves these little pleasures. In The Banting Baker, Speedie shows you that the low-carb highway is not about deprivation but about substitution.

The launch will take place at the Wellness Warehouse on Kloof on Saturday, 5 December, between 2 and 4 PM.

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  • Date: Saturday, 5 December 2015
  • Time: 2 PM to 4 PM
  • Venue: The Wellness Warehouse
    Lifestyle on Kloof
    50 Kloof Street
    Gardens | Map
  • Refreshments: Banting treats will be served
  • RSVP: Nomzamo on 011 620 3200, or

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Don't Miss the Badilisha Poetry X-Change Pan-African Event at The Beautiful Life Building in Cape Town

Invitation to Badilisha Poetry X-Change Pan-African Event

If I Could Sing: Selected PoemsThe Badilisha Poetry X-change is holding a poetry event to celebrate the end of their Badilisha Road Trip through Africa, which is dedicated to meeting and recording the work of poets.

The Pan-African event will feature a number of award-winning poets, including our Poet Laureate Keorapatse Willie Kgositsile and TJ Dema. There will be voices from South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Ethiopia and more.

The event will take place on Friday, 4 December, from 7 PM at the Beautiful Life Building.

See you there!

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Kom vier die bekendstelling van Immer wes deur Irma Joubert by NALN in Bloemfontein

Uitnodiging na die bekendstelling van Immer wes

Immer wesLAPA nooi jou graag na die bekendstelling van Irma Joubert se jongste roman, Immer wes.

Op Vrydag, 27 November keer Joubert huiswaarts na Bloemfontein waar sy haar historiese roman by die Nasionale Afrikaanse Letterkundige Museum en Navorsingsentrum (NALN) sal bekend stel. Die geleentheid begin om 18:00.

Immer wes is die eerste boek in Joubert se nuwe trilogie wat fokus op die lyding van vroue en kinders in oorloë. Hierdie eerste roman vertel die verhaal van Hildegard uit die Oos-Pruisiese adel en speel af in onder meer Duitsland en Namibië.

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  • Datum: Vrydag, 27 November 2015
  • Tyd: 18:00
  • Plek: NALN
    Hoek van Elizabeth- en President Brandstraat
    Bloemfontein | Padkaart
  • RSVP:, 082 750 9177

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